Jazz: Charles Mingus: A Musical Misfit in Black and White
Maycock, James, The Independent (London, England)
A traumatic childhood and a dramatic life characterised the career of the bassist Charles Mingus. James Maycock looks at a documentary on a `phenomenal musician and generous bandleader'.
The black-and-white footage has, with age, developed a surreal intensity. It is accompanied by a characteristically ruthless analysis: "I am Charles Mingus. Half-black man. Yellow man. Half-yellow. Not even yellow, nor white enough to pass for nothing but black and not too light enough to be called white."
The words capture the essence of Charlie Mingus, a man who was a musical misfit, and hint at the disgust he reserved for white America. In a documentary, which is to be released …
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Publication information: Article title: Jazz: Charles Mingus: A Musical Misfit in Black and White. Contributors: Maycock, James - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 28, 1997. Page number: 18,19. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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